School is out and, in the northern hemisphere at least, summer stretches ahead, full of the promise of rest and warmth, rejuvenation and wonder. Maybe you are youthful, and the promise of summer break is so new and fresh for you that you are practically bursting with the excitement of it. Or, maybe you are in the middle of life, balancing care for children and elders with work and hobbies, even in the summer. Or, maybe you are later in life, and the time for both school and work is past and summer is a season like the others.
Wherever you are on life’s journey, listen! Lady Wisdom is calling you. She is calling out in the places you are most likely to be, she is trying to get your attention. What does she want to tell you? “I was there in the beginning,” she sings, “delighting and rejoicing in creation.”
Wisdom blows into our lives in a rush of joy and pleasure. On this Trinity Sunday, she reminds us that the magnificent labor of the Creator and the redeeming love of the Savior are only two parts of the divine purpose. Wisdom’s part–enjoying creation as it unfolds and wandering, without direction but with confidence in the beauty of the divinity–is just as potent.
Wisdom is at the creator’s side when all the sweaty-browed work of creation is being done, and Wisdom knows her place is at the Creator’s side. She delights in creation but doesn’t feel a need to do anything. And you know what? The Creator doesn’t demand it of her. Maybe Wisdom is showing us that the Creator doesn’t demand action all the time from us either. Even if school isn’t out for you, you can still take a summer break. Soak in the wisdom of Wisdom, just be in and with creation. Find a moment or a month where there is nothing to do but rejoice in the Creator.
“Life is this simple. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time,” writes the mystic Thomas Merton. Take Wisdom’s lesson today. See God’s shining and delight in it.
Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Sustainer, Redeemer, Creator. Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver.* Lover, Beloved, Love. Holy Three in One, immerse us this day in mystery and wonder, and send us forth into your beautiful creation, ready to delight in it. Amen.
*From the New Zealand Prayer Book, published by Harper Collins, 1997.